Plant power: bioenergy as a renewable resource workshop

Plant power: bioenergy as a renewable resource workshop


Plants capture energy from the sun and this can be released in many different ways to create heat, generate biogas, electricity for mini-grids and bio-renewable chemicals. New technologies path the way to provision of clean, affordable energy supplies that can stimulate local economies, improve health and prevent environmental degradation. 

On Thursday 27th June, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, in collaboration with the University of Leeds, is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop with presentations from energy projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Indonesia and India. Key topics will include biogas from invasive water hyacinth and bioenergy in mini-grids. 

The workshop brings together international expertise to develop ideas and collaboration to a theme that is fundamental for sustainable development, poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and mitigating climate change.Keynote speakers include: 

  • Dr Paul Wilkin, Head of Natural Capital and Plant Health, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Mary Suzan Abbo, Director, Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation, Uganda
  • Dr Saut Sagala, Resilience Development Initiative and Institute for Technology, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Dr Ann Odaneth, DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India
  • Dr Vishwanath Haily Dalavi, Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

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